Los Angeles pays $7 million to motorcycle accident victim
Posted on Mar 09, 2010
The city of Los Angeles has paid seven million dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by the law firm of Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle against the city by a triathlon volunteer who was left a paraplegic by a motorcycle accident that occurred during the 2007 Los Angeles Triathlon.
Sixty-year-old motorcyclist Steve Albala and his motorcycle club were volunteering at the event. Albala was helping to officiate the bicycle potion of the triathlon, when a traffic officer motioned for a vehicle to enter an intersection. The vehicle drove into the path of Albala’s motorcycle and caused the accident.
Albala was flung more than 20 feet by the impact. He suffered a vertebral fracture and was hospitalized for more than two years. During this time, he underwent multiple surgeries, but was left a paraplegic.
Albala’s wife says the accident has had a dramatic change on his life and that recovery has been painful both physically and emotionally.
The city also paid $250,000 to a race official who was riding with Albala at the time, and $500,000 to the driver of the car involved in the accident.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident on Los Angeles or Orange County, contact the attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie. We believe in the protection of riders and accident victims because of our own passion for motorcycles and will do our very best to help you.